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EFCC denies dropping charges against Diezani

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied dropping the 14-count charge against former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke, bank executives and NNPC officials who they accused of conspiring to conceal $153 million in Fidelity Bank.

It was reported that at a resumed hearing of the matter before Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court Lagos on November 5, 2019, the anti-graft agency through its lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo dropped the corruption charges against most of the accused persons including Diezani through an amended four-count charge.

The amended charges which bordered on money laundering now only seeks to prosecute a former Executive Director of First Bank Plc alongside Diezani and Ben, who served as Group Executive Director of finance at the NNPC.

Spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwajuren who however reacted to the report told Guardian “It is fake news, just disregard it.”

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